Senior Staff Advisor, Collaborating Districts Initiative
Pamela joined the CASEL staff in September 2011 and currently works closely with the Collaborating Districts Initiative in her capacity as Senior Staff Advisor.
Formerly Pamela was a school-improvement officer for high schools in the Houston Independent School District. There she was responsible for supervising and coaching principals to create high-quality teams and programs focused on student academic growth, achieving bold and measurable goals, and working with their communities.
Pamela has also served as an area instruction officer and deputy chief officer in the Office of High School Programs of the Chicago Public Schools, where she had broad responsibilities for the city’s high schools. Previously she was the interim superintendent for the St. Louis Public Schools, where she also served as deputy superintendent and executive director of secondary education. While she was principal of Metro Academic and Classical High School in St. Louis, the school had the highest academic ranking in the state. She was also a member of the contract negotiation team for St. Louis public school teachers and was elected president of the American Federation of School Administrators local association in St. Louis.
A graduate of the Broad Academy for Urban Superintendents, Pamela began her career in education as a high school dance teacher in University City, Mo. She holds a doctorate in education administration from St. Louis University and a master’s degree in education administration from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. She completed her bachelor’s degree in fine arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where she was an honors graduate and featured alumna in September 2012.